35 Amazing Facts that make “Namma Chennai” one of the greatest cities in the World!


Chennai is one of the oldest cities of India with a rich cultural heritage along with highly urbanized population. It has been one of the most important places in Indian history which was part of many landmarks. The following 35 amazing facts are only some of the great things about the city which make it one of the greatest cities in the world!

1. Chennai is the second oldest corporation in the world after London. It was started in 1687

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Chennai Corporation Building!

 

 

2. SIPCOT IT Park (Siruseri) is the Asia’s largest IT Park.

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A view of TCS Office in SIPCOT IT Park at Siruseri

 

 

3. YMCA college is the Asia’s first college for “Physical Education” and it was established in 1920

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Front View of YMCA College of Physical Education

 

 

4. Kathipara flyover in Guindy is the largest Clover leaf shaped flyover in Asia

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Aerial view of Kathipara Flyover at Guindy!

 

 

5. It is the 31st Largest metropolitan city in the world and fourth most populous metropolitan city in India

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A view of heavily populated area in T Nagar!

 

 

6. “Higginbothams” book shop on Mount Road is the first and oldest existing book shop in India which was started in 1844

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Old Picture of Higginbothams office on Mount Road!

 

 

7. Chennai is the only Indian city to get featured among the Top 10 Best Cities to Travel in the World by Lonely Planet group

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An Aerial View of Chennai City!

 

 

8. Chennai is the only city in South Asia and India to figure in the “52 places to go around the world” by The New York Times

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Madras Museum Theatre!

 

 

9. St. Mary’s Church inside Fort St. George is the oldest Anglican church in India and the oldest British building in India, constructed in 1678

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St. Mary’s Church, Old picture!

 

 

10. Chennai is the second largest IT exporter in India and Tidel park in Chennai was Asia’s largest IT park when it was built

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Panaromic view of Tidel Park!

 

 

11. Chennai region has the oldest rocks in the country dating back to a billion years

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A snapshot near Mahabalipuram Temple!

 

 

12. Chennai is the only oldest serving municipal corporation in India. Do you believe it was inaugurated in 1688!

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An old picture of Mount Road!

 

 

13. Chennai Central prison is one of the oldest prisons in India

Front View of Chennai Central Prison at Puzhal!

 

 

14. LIC building which was completed in 1959 was the tallest building in India at that time

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The ever green LIC Building!

 

 

15. Madras High Court building is the second largest judicial complex in world after the one in London

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The Majestic High Court!

 

 

16. Royapuram railway station is the oldest railway station currently operational in India

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Refurnished Royapuram Railway Station!

 

 

17. Government college of fine arts (Madras School of Art) is the oldest art institution in India

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Panoramic view of Madras College of Fine Arts!

 

 

18. In 1930, Madras University introduced Bachelor’s course in Music for the first time in India

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A Snapshot of University of Madras!

 

 

19. Phoenix shopping mall at Velachery is the third biggest mall in India at an area of 2,400,000 sq ft

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A file photo of Phoenix Market City at Velachery!

 

 

20. Chennai contributes to 40 % of retail Gold sales in India

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A picture showing the gold sales and the crowd!

 

 

21. Marina Beach is the second longest beach in the world

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Night View of Marina Beach from Light House!

 

 

22. According to Forbes magazine, Chennai is one of the fastest growing cities in the world and the only Indian city to be rated in the “Forbes-Top 10 Fastest Growing Cities in the World”

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Modern and amazing Panorama of IT Corridor!

 

 

23. A major part of India’s automobile industry is based in and around Chennai thus earning it the nickname “Detroit of India” and Chennai is the largest electronic hardware exporter in India.

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First Automobile industry in Chennai!

 

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BMW’s first Indian Unit!

 

 

24. World bank permanent back office in Chennai is the biggest building owned by World bank outside its headquarters in Washington D.C

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World Bank’s permanent office at Taramani!

 

 

25. Chennai is home to the first European-style banking system in India with the establishment of the ‘Madras Bank’ on 21 June 1683, almost a century before the establishment of the first commercial banks, such as the Bank of Hindustan and the General Bank of India, which were established in 1770 and 1786, respectively.

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Bank of Madras!

 

 

26. Chennai Koyambedu CMBT (Bus Termial) is the biggest bus terminal in Asia.

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Aerial view of CMBT Bus Terminal!

 

 

27. Chennai has the biggest artificial port in India & biggest in Bay of Bengal

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An Aerial view of Chennai Port!

 

 

28. Chepauk M.A. Chidambaram stadium is the oldest cricket stadium in India

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A Panoramic shot of Chepauk stadium during ICC World cup!

 

 

29. Bus transportation was introduced by year 1925 in Chennai. Interestingly Flight service was introduced in 1917 itself.

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30. Cancer institute established in 1920 is the oldest Cancer hospital in India.

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31. Anna Centenary Library in Chennai is the biggest library in Asia. Vandalur zoo is the first public zoo and also largest in India.

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32. Chennai has the highest two wheeler population in India. Chennai is the second largest employment producer in India with 35,000 jobs every year.

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33. Chennai is the only Indian city to be attacked during world war 1

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34. Spencer Plaza in Anna Salai is the oldest Shopping mall in India, set up during British Raj in 1863

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The ever lasting Spencer’s Plaza at the heart of the city!

 

 

35. The whole South Indian movie industry not just the Tamil movie industry but Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam movie industries operated out of Chennai

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Actors from yesteryears of Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam movie industries at a get together!

 

Source: The Hindu, Skyscrapercity.com, Quora.com

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